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4 things to look for in a personal injury attorney

When you become injured in an accident, you do not want to call just any personal injury lawyer whose number you find. Who you hire will affect the outcome of your case, so you need to decide carefully the attorney to represent you in a settlement negotiation or trial. Look for the following four qualities as you search for the right personal injury lawyer to help you with your claim.

1. Relevant experience

At the top of the list of desirable qualities is experience. This not only means having a long history of legal practice but also having a history relevant to your situation. You want a lawyer with experience in your type of accident and injury. You also want someone skilled in both negotiation and litigation so you are prepared for either scenario. Check the firm's track record and reputation before making your choice.

2. A realistic approach

When you ask how much your claim could be worth, your attorney should not be able to give or guarantee you a set value. That may sound counterintuitive, but an experienced lawyer knows that each case is unique and that financial awards depend on numerous factors. It takes time to gather the information needed to determine the possible range of damages you may receive.

Much of that time is from discovering the extent of your injuries. Look for a lawyer who is willing to take the time to wait for and carefully review all the details of your case and to find the best legal approach for your circumstances so you can recover as much compensation as possible.

3. An appealing personality

Personality may not seem to matter, but it can make a significant difference in your outcome. An attorney needs people skills to interact with insurance companies and other involved parties in a manner that benefits, not harms, you. Your lawyer should also care about you and be reachable and reliable. You should feel comfortable trusting this person with your future.

4. A fair fee structure

Your attorney's fee structure should reflect confidence in the ability to win. You should not have to pay any legal costs unless you win, known as contingent fees. This motivates the firm to do its best to avoid losing profits. Even better, look for the truly client-centered practice of not taking any cut until all your other expenses are paid for to prevent your legal team from receiving an unfair amount or hindering your ability to pay associated debts.

Dealing with a personal injury is hard enough on its own. Contact a qualified, professional personal injury attorney who will protect your rights.

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